My Summer Reading Project (cont’d)

road dogs picFinished reading Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard (#18 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), the sequel to his earlier book Out of Sight, and it is just as good.

I don’t know by what magic he conjures up the words that come out of his characters, but there isn’t much need for exposition in one of his novels, somehow the dialogue does it all.   Meeting his characters in print is almost like getting to know them in person, the words conveying all the nuances obtained from seeing a person in the flesh.  If you like crime fiction and have never read any of Elmore Leonard books, please do so real soon. I give Road Dogs a 3.5 out of 4.

I tried to read Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (#16 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), but did not like it at all.  Sorry, Chuck!

Next book in the queue is The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, #9 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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2 thoughts on “My Summer Reading Project (cont’d)”

  1. I tried reading Pygmy and saw right away that it was garbage!

    Have always wanted to read an Elmore Leonard book? But which one? Almost all of them are supposed to be fantastic, right?

    1. I enjoyed “Get Shorty” the most, but if you’ve seen the movie the plot is spoiled for you. Try “Cuba Libre” or “Killshot”, although I would say all his books are equally enjoyable.

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